Being a university student, it is hard to stay motivated during the exam season. As this is my 4th year in uni and I already have some experience with exams, I would like to share some tips with you that will help you to pass your exams:
DO NOT STRESS
You all have probably heard this a lot already, but it is true. Do not stress. Why would you stress? The exam is do-able, otherwise other people would not have passed this exam before you. If others can do it, you certainly can too. Do not worry, you got this. Stress will only make things worse because it will distract you from thinking clearly. You got this. And even if you don’t, it is not the end of the world. You will not die. You will just have to take the exam again. Maybe. But let’s stay positive, you got this! 🙂
DO NOT STUDY BY HEART, STUDY IN ORDER TO UNDERSTAND
Obviously, this depends from what you actually are studying, but a lot of people tend to try to study everything by heart when they have a history course. However, studying by heart will not bring you anything in the long term. Trying to understand will help you a lot more during your exams and in the future. There is a lot of logic in things. For example in the fields of history or economics, there are a lot of action-reaction phenomena. Try to understand these, and once you do, you will be able to memorize everything you studied during the semester in no-time.
DO NOT FORGET TO RELAX
Relaxing and distraction is the key to efficient studying. You rarely have courses that last longer than 2 hours at the time. Why? Because it is really hard to stay focused after two hours of intensive work. Try to study for about 1h30-2h and then thake a 10-minute break: go walk your dog, stretch your legs, go talk to you siblings, get some distraction in general. I would suggest to not get this distraction in the form of social media or anything technology-related. You are probably staring at your screen the whole time already, so just give yourself a break. Also, it is better to change environment during your study-break. This way, you have a seperated “study-environment” and a “relax-environment” and it will be easier to keep yourself from procrastination.
IF YOU DO NOT FEEL LIKE STUDYING, DON’T
Nothing is worse than being unmotivated, sitting the whole day at your desk and just staring at the screen or at your course notes, but not getting ahead. If you feel like you are particularly unmotivated one day, just don’t study (preferably not the day before your big exam). Give yourself a break, go do something fun that will change your mind and will put you in the right and positive headspace. If you force yourself to study, you are only wasting your own time. You will be even more unmotivated after a whole day of procrastination/studying because you did not get ahead and this can have a negative outcome on the next couple of days. Just go do something fun and then when you are back, continue studying. It is not the end of the world if you do not study for a couple of hours. If you are procrastination in front of your computer screen, you are not doing anything either way.
I know I emphasise relaxing a lot, but it really is imporant. Up until now (it is my 4th univeristy year), I did not fail any course yet and I never really study when I do not feel like it, when I am not in the right headspace.
Positivity and self confidence is everything. You can do it, you got this!